Chiarelli: Pouliot a 'possibility' to return to Bruins

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Chiarelli: Pouliot a 'possibility' to return to Bruins

With 12 of last years forwards signed on for this season after the deals with Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell, the Boston Bruins dont have much room up front unless they decide to shake things up.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has already stated there wont be any discussions about Brian Rolston until after the July 1 opening of NHL free agency, and there hasnt been much movement on the RFA front with Benoit Pouliot either.
I dont have any news on Pouliot at this point, said Chiarelli. Yes, hes a possibility to return for next season.
The rangy winger was a boom-or-bust player with the Bruins that produced some highlight reel goals and game-winning plays, but also went through long periods of offensive drought during the regular season.
Pouliot set career-highs with his 32 points and plus-18, and potted a solid 16 goals as a low-cost third line regular with Boston. But the former Habs and Wild forward was also behind the ill-conceived dump attempt in the overtime of Game 7 that led to Joel Wards game-winning goal for the Washington Capitals.
That is the very definition of a mixed bag season for the Bruins, and the late season offensive burst from Jordan Caron may have them leaning in that direction as a potential solution at third line wing next season.
Chiarelli intends to keep the door open during free agency and trade talks, however.
I feel really good with our lineup right now and to add a top 9 forward like I talked about still isnt out of the realm of possibility, said Chiarelli. It gives me a lot of flexibility going into free agency, but this is as solid of a forward group as youre going to get.
If we do nothing, thats fine, but if something comes across that looks attractive and we have to look at it, then well look at it.
Sounds like a GM that doesnt intend on making a splash during the free agencytrade season, and most wouldnt blame Chiarelli given what this current Bs group has shown theyre capable of in the right circumstances.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.